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There are similarities between what the Israeli FA and FIFA say now and what the Football Association of South Africa (FASA) and FIFA said over fifty years ago when FASA was excluded (suspended and excluded) for twenty eight years. This is a summary of what happened then in South Africa. The struggle to throw FASA out of FIFA …

Electronic Intifada has reported how Gary Lineker objected to Israeli mistreatment of minors as “shameful”. https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/celebrities-break-taboo-palestine. The full text is as follows – for the video got to the above link: On Monday, British sports broadcaster Gary Lineker retweeted a tweet containing a video of Israeli soldiers abusing Palestinian children.  The former England football star …

At a meeting of the Asian Football Confederation Executive Committee Shaikh Salman endorsed the stand by the Palestinian FA.  The minutes of the meeting noted : “Speaking about the recent developments at the Palestine Football Association headquarters, Shaikh Salman pledged AFC’s support to the PFA saying the AFC will do its utmost to help the …

A good summary of the FIFA (in)action is reproduced here from Andrew Warshaw’s article in Inside World Football: http://www.insideworldfootball.com/2017/10/31/exclusive-fifa-ignored-100-sexwale-report-killing-off-israel-palestine-talks/ “The full extent to which FIFA washed its hands of football’s Israeli-Palestinian impasse by throwing out a detailed report  from its chief mediator for the region can today be exposed. Insideworldfootball has seen a copy of …

The Palestinian FA’s response to the FIFA Council’s 27 October action on the Sexwale report was strong and uncompromising. It denounced the decision by the FIFA Council to remain neutral regarding Israeli teams located in illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.  Jibril Rjoub, head of the Palestinian Football Association (PFA), said in a press conference on Sunday …

Human Rights Watch came out with a strong statement disputing FIFA’s claims. Human Rights Watch had documented the case of the violations by Jewish settlement clubs in a 2016 report entitled: “FIFA sponsoring games on seized lands.” Omar Shakir, Human Rights Watch director in Palestine and Israel, told Arab News that his organization is “incredibly …

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